It’s time for a “Nothing’s New” post, y’all. This is what triggered my sewing and fashion thoughts toward the happy but slightly eye-roll event. While this little zig zag detail is not a hallmark of Claire McCardell’s aesthetic, Tory Burch’s interest and inspiration in that detail made for some interesting looks in her Resort 2023… Read More Zig Zag Edge is a Thing in Tory Burch’s Resort 2023 Collection. Inspired by 1940s Claire McCardell?
Pattern: Simplicity 8689 Fabric and Trim: Lightweight cotton lawn, a stash item. Sundry stash trims, also stash items. Tips that affirm the idea that one never stops learning. Also see previous post. Stitch #26 strikes again. It’s also known as a blanket stitch, the appliqué stitch and some other names I’m not aware of, and… Read More Sewing Tips That May Or May Not be Consequential for Your Project
…. where LC stands for Liz Claiborne. Here are the facts: a 100% linen skirt was purchased 21 years ago, worn very few times, acquired oil stains, but saved so I could do “something” with it. The time to do something has come. (Don’t worry, friends. I’m alive and well; just took a hiatus from… Read More Case of the refashioned LC Bias Skirt.
What was I doing last week when I missed uploading a blog post? Nothing much — Just played hooky from the weekly schedule. I am apologetic. But, did you really miss the post? Probably not since our online-pervasive lives threw lots more sewing content at you. I’m good with that. Let’s move to what I… Read More “Winter” Wardrobe Staple: Striped, Ribbed Knit Long Cardigan.
Credit header image: Burberry Time was, I associated grommets and safety pins in fashion with the punky, goth look. Since then, acceptance has had a slow but distinct climb to grommet-eyelet acceptance. Finally, I dipped my toe into the world of shiny little grommets and pins on everyday clothing where the grommet/pin combination formed a… Read More Grommet and Pin Vibes
Embroidery can go anywhere you want! Hello everyone; I was reading over at Samina’s blog and came across a comment on one of her older posts (she had… How to Incorporate Embroidery into Your Sewing Projects ————————————————————- Hi readers! Today I’m reblogging my friend Kasey’s post where she guides you through placement of machine embroidery… Read More Reblogging Kasey Sasser’s Excellent Post: How to Incorporate Embroidery into Your Sewing Projects
There. The title of this post is saying all I need to say. But you know me. I have more words to write. Header photo credit: Valentino, Fall 2021. Vogue Runway website. Remember the formula for patch pocket placement on a top or jacket – the one I wrote sometime in the before times? That… Read More One or Two inches down from Waist: Side seam pocket placement formula
Have you wondered how horizontal lines in dress bodices in highly expensive garments at the bust or above bust level are so straight on a curvy body? It’s never this smooth and straight in stuff you’ve made for yourself. I hereby reveal to you that the unblemished straight seam is achieved with dart manipulation, even… Read More What Dart Trickery is This?
Hi, all. Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day! A slow sewing speed is the new normal in my sewing life — let’s hope it’s temporary. Therefore, I am sharing an in-progress item with you, having given up hope to finish it for wearing and sharing with you today. About this oversize neck placket: I… Read More Work In Progress, and Other (Valentino) Stuff
Happy Holidays to all! Here’s my tiny Christmas tree — I know it’s lacking in a topper but it makes me happy. The topper issue will be addressed in 2021. The Street Urchin Look (below): You can call it “primitively patched”, crappy mending or whatever, but I’m dubbing it the “street urchin” style of mending;… Read More Mending: The Street Urchin Approach